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2015 CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA “RIVIERA”

Vigne Rada

2015 CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA “RIVIERA” Vigne Rada - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The full warmth and generosity of the Mediterranean are on display with this supple, perfumey Cannonau. Sweet fruit caresses the palate, as if you were basking in Sardinian sunshine. 

Anthony Lynch

$24.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cannonau
Appellation: Cannonau di Sardegna
Country: Italy
Region: Sardinia
Producer: Vigne Rada
Winemaker: Gino Bardino and family
Vineyard: 7 years average
Soil: Clay, limestone, chalk
Farming: Sustainable
Alcohol: 15%

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About Sardinia

Our first foray into Sardegna is very recent, and it only took one trip to fall in love with the island, its culture, and its wines. Similar to its northerly neighbor, Corsica, there is a strong regional identity here that goes far beyond its official status as one of Italy’s twenty regions. Its people are proud, strong-willed, and deeply attached to their traditions—a distinctive character often seen with island people and accentuated by its long history of invasions and outside rule.

This tumultuous past has resulted in diverse influences—Greek, Roman, Aragonese, Catalan, and Ligurian, just to name a few—that have shaped the island’s culture, language, cuisine, and wines over many centuries. While Vermentino and Cannonau (aka Grenache) reign, Sardegna also boasts a number of indigenous grapes that are capable of expressing something unique in its abundant variety of terroirs.

The Mediterranean plays a major role, providing cooling, salty breezes to coastal areas, while the rugged, mountainous interior is home to high-altitude sites where wines retain freshness in spite of the southerly latitude. The granitic highlands of Gallura and Barbagia come to mind as some of its most qualitative zones, but a range of soils, elevations, and varying distance to the sea mean that the island is capable of producing wines in all styles, from crisp whites to powerful reds and exquisite vini dolci.

The three growers we represent bring something new to the table, something fascinating that is not found elsewhere in Italy or even in nearby Corsica. Their wines evoke the rustic beauty of this fascinating island civilization, and of course, pair perfectly with the local cuisine, be it seafood-based or the hearty, earthy specialties of its interior.

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Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.

Inspiring Thirst, page 312

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